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College Football 2018 Team Recruiting Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
College football’s 2018 National Signing Day is in the books, and there's a new No. 1 at the top of the team recruiting rankings. Georgia coach Kirby Smart landed the best overall haul in the nation, taking home the top spot in all three recruiting services. Smart landed a standout class in the early signing period and only added to it on Wednesday. Ohio State, Texas, Penn State...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
College football’s 2017-18 coaching carousel featured 21 changes, including moves at big-time programs like Nebraska, Florida, Texas A&M, Oregon and Florida State. With the carousel completed and all 21 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. Nebraska hit a home run with former quarterback Scott Frost returning to...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
The 2018 college football season is still seven months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year and rank some of the top players returning to the gridiron. Houston's Ed Oliver takes the top spot in Athlon's early top 50 players returning for 2018, with Clemson's Christian Wilkins and Stanford's Bryce Love rounding out the top three. It's a...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
The 2017 college football season featured 23 new coaches at FBS programs. The 23 coaching changes were down slightly from the 2016 season, as 28 different programs had a change in the full-time role. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff. Winning right away as a new...

College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 4 days ago
College football’s 2018 season won't get underway until August, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict which teams are poised for a significant leap in the rankings or win column next year. The 2018 version of college football's teams on the rise features West Virginia, Arizona, Georgia and Florida State from the Power 5 ranks, along with Houston, Temple and...

College Football's Top 30 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
The definition of a breakout player in college football varies from each analyst or fanbase, but one thing is certain when looking ahead at the 2018 season and the players returning. Regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping the national championship and playoff picture. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is likely to supplant Jalen Hurts as the team...

Way-Too-Early College Football Top 25 for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
The start of college football's 2018 season is still several months away, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict how the top 25 could look by next year. While there will be many personnel changes and coaching moves prior to spring practice that will have a major impact on this list, the top of the rankings has a few familiar faces in the mix. Alabama tops the way-too-early...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
The NFL's early entry deadline for the 2018 draft officially passed on Monday evening and over 100 players declared for the next level. The deadline produced a few surprises, as Clemson's defensive line remained intact with Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant each deciding to return to campus in 2018. This deadline also produced a couple of quarterbacks likely to go early...

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2017-18 college football season is officially in the books, and it’s time to take a look back at the year with full 130 team rankings for every FBS team based upon the body of work. Alabama defeated Georgia on Jan. 8 to claim the national championship, and in no surprise, coach Nick Saban’s team takes the top spot in the rankings. The Bulldogs finish No. 2, with Clemson and...

Top 10 College Football Bowl Games of the 2017-18 Season

By Mark Ross, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Even though there is still one somewhat important game left to be played, the college football bowl season is over. And once again, the postseason slate offered its share of instant classics, highlight-reel plays, memorable performances, fantastic finishes... and a few yawners as well.   When it comes to taking a look back at this year’s 39 bowl games and ranking the best, a...